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What is an eco-museum?
ecomuseum

The concept of eco-museum was introduced from France in 1970s. The initial purpose is to recall and recover extinct culture. The idea soon gained acceptance and had a great impact in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, etc.

The mission of the eco-museum is to foster the preservation, inheritance and development of indigenous cultures, which include natural and artificial habitats, as well as tangible and intangible resources, in their existing location, with active participation in the communities’ economy and welfare being a fundamental principle. Local inhabitants and representatives participate in all levels of the Eco-museum’s management from the planning stage to the present.

The main difference between an eco-museum and a traditional museum is that, a traditional museum is often defined as an architecture with certain amounts of collections, while an eco-museum is not confined solely to the concepts of architecture or collections. The target of preservation is extended to “cultural heritage” and “memories”. An eco-museum strives not only to preserve and protect, but also to develop these intangible assets. Local communities are regarded as the owner of the culture, and are involved in all levels of Eco-museum's management. They will ultimately be in charge of their own cultural heritage and its sustainable development in the future.

An eco-museum can be divided into a cultural community and a community culture research center. The size of the community is the same as that of the eco-museum. Some of the keywords relevant to its concepts are as follows: Cultural Community, heritage, people in the community, involvement and cultural characteristics.

 

 
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